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Due to the lack of depth the Oakland Raiders have at the wide receiver position along with the fact they have not had a 1000-yard receiver since Randy Moss back in 2005, Brandon Lloyd seems like a great fit right.
He had a good year last season but not great, meaning he should come at a cheaper rate. He had 74 catches for 911 yards and 4 touchdowns but most importantly 50 first downs (FDS). In 2012 he ranked in the top 20 for most FDS and was ranked 10th in the NFL for pass targets, 2nd on the team behind Wes Welker. Making him Tom Brady's second most reliable target.
Tight end Brandon Myers was the Raiders' best receiver last season with 79 catches for 806 yards 4 TD's. Most of those yards came in "garbage time" and showed the lack of production from the wide receivers. The Raiders are one possession receiver away from having a complete receiving corps.
In 2010, Lloyd had his breakout season with the highest percentage of first downs on his catches in the NFL in the last 10 years. 72 of his 77 catches were for first downs giving him 93.5% of his catches for first downs.
FIRST DOWN PERCENTAGE
|Receiver||Team||Season||Receptions||First downs||First down pct.|
|1. Brandon Lloyd||Broncos||2010||77||72||93.5|
|2. Vincent Jackson||Chargers||2008||59||52||88.1|
|3. Randy Moss||Vikings||2004||49||43||87.8|
|4. Bobby Engram||Seahawks||2002||50||43||86.0|
|5. Ernest Wilford||Jaguars||2005||41||35||85.4|
|6. Vincent Jackson||Chargers||2009||68||58||85.3|
|7. Terrell Owens||Cowboys||2007||81||69||85.2|
|8. Justin McCareins||Titans||2003||47||40||85.1|
|9. Brandon Stokley||Broncos||2007||40||34||85.0|
|10. Johnny Knox||Bears||2010||51||43||84.3|
Statistics compliments of Bill Williamson of ESPN.com
If you can think of anyone better I missed please add in the comments section.
Who would you rather sign at wide receiver?
Brandon Lloyd (574 votes)
Laurent Robinson (33 votes)
Titus Young (39 votes)
Mike Sims-Walker (29 votes)
Legedu Naanee (26 votes)
701 total votes